Profile of the Christian Entrepreneur

Called to Make a Difference
It is the fundamental precept of the Christian Entrepreneur Organization that God calls not only ministers and other spiritual workers, but in fact, calls everyone to specific roles in his kingdom. This role may change over a lifetime but will usually stay consistent with an individual’s basic gifts. Christian Entrepreneurs realize that their calling is to establish and lead business organizations that are designed to achieve results in the secular world; but they do so while being led by the Holy Spirit. This is not a new idea, but a return by unfulfilled business leaders to the sense of “calling” enjoyed by fellow laity in the U.S. and Western Europe prior to the 20th Century. The goal is to develop a new understanding that blends current findings on business excellence and entrepreneurship with a Christian Biblical and theological perspective. References: Ephesians 2:8-10; John 15:16a; 1 Cor. 12: 12-18.

Positioned by God
The Bible places much emphasis on spiritual gifts. Christian Entrepreneurs believe that one of their gifts is the specific position in which the Lord has placed them. By birth, by education, by training, or by circumstance, the Entrepreneur has an opportunity to create some sort of business enterprise which meets the needs of people. Christian Entrepreneurs are not blindly driven by ambition and greed, but in fact, feel called by the Lord to perform certain tasks and achieve certain goals in their business enterprises. References: John 15:16b; 1 Corinthians 12:18.

Visionary
Because of the position in which the Lord has placed them, Christian Entrepreneurs develop a specific vision of the future – the way things could or should be for customers, suppliers, employees, family and community. Over a period of time, this vision creates a very strong commitment which weathers countless set-backs and adversities. Through the Lord, the Christian Entrepreneur becomes empowered by this vision. Although their motives are often misunderstood, dedication to the unfolding truth of their vision as revealed by God is the guiding premise of their labor. References: Romans 1:1-14; 2 Cor. 4:1, 6: 4-10; Gal. 6:9-10.

Calculated Risk Taker
The Christian Entrepreneur believes that life is not for the faint hearted. Modern business requires that major commitments be made. Generally, there isn’t sufficient information available in order to totally justify decisions. Therefore, the Christian Entrepreneur must become a calculated risk taker. There is significant Biblical foundation for taking risks. The Christian Entrepreneur is drawn to a life of adventure in service, but recognizes that the price of the adventure will be occasional failure and set-backs. References: Genesis 12: 1-12; Acts 21:13-14.

Servant Leadership Provides Value to Customers
The Christian Entrepreneur of the 2000’s recognizes that the world has changed as mass customization, the Internet and globalization have taken new ideas and rapidly moved them into practice across the world. The prerequisites for business success have changed dramatically. In the new economy, the Christian model of service correlates well with the requirements for achieving business success. Today’s Customer requires dedication in all of the little things, as well as a constantly evolving desire for innovation, quality and cost-effective products and services. Christian Entrepreneurs are called to a life of serving customers through the realization of their vision. References: John 13:7-20.

Relational Leadership
This is no longer a Horatio Alger world. Gone are the days in which a single entrepreneur can make it on his own over time. This is true because the world so quickly adapts and copies new innovations and ideas. It isn’t the entrepreneur against the world, it is the entrepreneur involving a group of committed individuals to embrace the vision in order to constantly bring new value to the customer. In order to get committed employee/partners, Christian entrepreneurs must put their personal relationship with them near the top. The Christian Entrepreneur cannot be everything for everyone, but must build a highly focused organization which serves a few customer groups very well. References: Philippians 2:1-29.

In the World, But Not of It
When is enough, enough? The world often characterizes entrepreneurs as crass materialists. The Christian Entrepreneur gratefully receives and acknowledges material blessings which may come with successfully developing a business; however, material goals are always secondary to the primary calling and vision. Financial success has a way of contaminating the Vision. The Christian Entrepreneur constantly seeks out strength from above to stay willing to “lay it on the line” for the vision. The Christian Entrepreneur will refuse to be drawn into the materialistic world in which we live. With this commitment, a strong moral character is developed over time. Integrity is no guarantee of worldly success, in fact it often works against it; but without integrity, the prize is worthless. References: 1 Cor. 9:19-26; Acts 20:33-35; Philippians 3:7-15; 1 Timothy 6:5-12.

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